Editors

David G. Schwartz

Document Type

Occasional Paper

Publication Date

2-2016

Publication Title

Center for Gaming Research Occasional Paper Series: Paper 33

Publisher Location

Las Vegas, Nevada

First page number:

1

Last page number:

10

Abstract

This paper analyzes state lotteries in the economic and cultural context of the late twentieth century. As access to traditional meritocratic advancement declined, many Americans perceived lotteries as new means of attaining increasingly elusive upward mobility. Their turn to lotteries was facilitated by grassroots coalitions as well as lottery advertisers who claimed lotteries as effective means of making money. The relationship of lotteries and social mobility reveals the full implications of lottery playing in the United States and the reasons this form of gambling has assumed new importance as providing access to the American Dream.

Keywords

Lotteries; Social mobility; American Dream; advertising; inequality

Disciplines

Gaming and Casino Operations Management | Hospitality Administration and Management | Tourism and Travel

Language

English


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